A couple of decades ago, sexual harassment in the work place was a given, today when it happens it is a potential costly lawsuit and damage to an entire company’s reputation and brand name. Sexual Harassment lawsuits are quite common still and they often bring rather large awards, especially when juries hear the details, and believe in zero tolerance on such issues.
A company must protect itself from these lawsuits and documentation is the key. Education is the other key and the final key is to take action if and when it occurs. If you have a large number of employees you will find that the chances of a sexual harassment issue coming up are nearly 100%. Someone, somewhere in your company will violate the ethical codes of common decency and conduct.
It’s at this point that something must be done. The employees in question should be interviewed and informed that the company does not tolerate this sort of thing and this is grounds for termination, dismissal or firing. Sexual Harassment complaints must be investigated to insure that someone is not being accused of something they did not do or being played due to social politics.
If a company does nothing about a complaint, they are opening themselves up for a lawsuit if it happens again. Moving or separating the employees is often the best possible thing to do if it is possible and the company must document that they took action, warned the offending employee and explained this action to the victim. Both parties must be aware that an official investigation is going to take place and this cannot happen again. Please think on this.